The American Health Science Education Consortium (AHSEC) was founded in 1998 with the purpose to advance and support quality hospital and healthcare system related health sciences education in the United States. Accomplishments of the Consortium to date include:
- Three major definitive studies conducted by the Lewin Group on Medicare pass-through funding for hospital related education and a descriptive study highlighting the benefits of hospital related health science education.
- Annual Presidents’ forum for institutional strategic comparisons, brainstorming problem solving and council.
- Annual program meeting with selected entities of our institutions as the focus: student services, nursing, library sciences, general studies, distance learning, etc.
- Site reviews at member institutions.
- Distance learning consortia for revolutionary opportunity to offer core curricula among consortia members.
- Cooperation and partnering regarding applicable grant development.
- AHSEC has a recognized national presence with policy makers.
- Successful advocacy for Medicare pass-through funding partly with graduate medical education.
- Annual institutional survey allowing benchmarks for student/faculty ratio, cost per student institutional expenditures, profiles, etc.
- Network of recruiting/marketing opportunities and personnel support.
As the challenges in education continue to increase and the market in health care changes, it is vitally important that those of us committed to the education of the nation’s healthcare workforce stand together. Forty-one percent of the nation’s allied health workforce comes from hospital healthcare system related institutions and approximately eighteen to twenty percent of the nursing workforce comes from hospital/healthcare system related institutions. We have a significant role to play and you need to be a part of it.